Wedding at Hotel Parador Manuel Antonio Costa Rica August 2013

This destination wedding was held at the beautiful Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The Parador has beautiful grounds and amazing views of the Manuel Antonio coast. This intimate wedding took place in the morning on one of the hotels private ocean view terraces. A morning wedding is a great choice for the rainy season, as mornings tend to be beautiful blue skies and sunny. After the wedding ceremony the wedding party enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the hotel. Then I took the bride and groom headed to the Manuel Antonio Beach for some romantic couple photos…a great day!

This wedding was organized by the wonderful wedding planning team at  Hotel Parador.

Trash the Dress – Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica July 2012

This bride and groom decided they wanted something a little different for their wedding photographs. The day after their beautiful hill-top wedding in Manuel Antonio we headed to the beach for a “Trash the Dress” photo session. We got some dramatic photographs against the volcanic rock and fun, romantic shots in the sand, then to the water! We got some gorgeous photographs in the waves, before a big swell came in, look at the 3rd ocean photo! We then returned to their Villa and took some stunning underwater photos, I love the one of the bride floating with the orchids…

The wedding ceremony took place  at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; look at my previous Blog post “Sunset Wedding” to see the photos.

Sunset Wedding – La Reserva Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2012

A wonderful July wedding set on a Ocean-View hill-top in Manuel Antonio. This wedding was held at Casa Paraiso, one of La Reserva’s fantastic rental homes. The wedding had a wonderful relaxed feel with all the family staying at Casa Paraiso. The ceremony took place just a short walk away down the aisle, under a canopy strung with fresh orchids. The weather was perfect for the ceremony and on queue dramatic clouds gathered for some stunning sunset shots. The Wedding party returned to Casa Paraiso for cocktails and the reception dinner.

This beautiful wedding was planned by The Special Events Department at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and catered by Ernesto Saavedra from Tamarindo Spice, Manuel Antonio.

My next Blog post will be the amazing Trash the Dress Photo Session that we did the day after the wedding..Awesome!

Wedding at Manuel Antonio Beach Costa Rica April 2012

Another beautiful beach wedding in April. This was a fun wedding to shoot and there was beautiful light on this sunny afternoon. The wedding ceremony took place on the Manuel Antonio beach in front of the Hotel Karahe with views of the Manuel Antonio National Park in the background. The wedding party were staying at Casa Fantastica, one of Manuel Antonio’s stunning rental properties available through Escape Villas.

This wedding was organized by Erin from Oasis Weddings.

Wedding at Villa Caletas Costa Rica April 2012

This April wedding ceremony took place  at Villa Caletas; a spectacular venue for a wedding on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. As it looked like it might rain, the wedding ceremony took place on a covered terrace in the hotel, the rain held off so we could go down to the hotel’s ocean front amphitheater, Zephyr Palace for some dramatic photos at sunset.

This wedding was organized by Larissa at Weddings Costa Rica.

Wedding Photography: Reception Decorations

Mostly wedding photographs are of people who are celebrating their day, but other beautiful photographs may not contain people at all. These are not photographs that will go onto your wall, but remember to take photographs of the Decor, they will bring great memories in years to come.

These are a few examples of decor from weddings that I have photographed in Costa Rica. I just take the pictures the wedding planners do all the decoration! To see more of my photography work please go to my wedding website  I just updated my website with new photos of the 2012 wedding season in Costa Rica..enjoy!

Wedding at Hotel Gaia Manuel Antonio Costa Rica February 2012

Another beautiful beach wedding in February. This elopement wedding ceremony took place on the Manuel Antonio beach with a gorgeous sunset. As it was just the couple we spent some time getting interesting photographs using the light, volcanic rocks, and even a monkey came to join the fun. I particularly like the photographs with the boat, these boats ferry people back and forth from the Manuel Antonio National Park, the captain kindly lent us his boat for a few minutes.

This wedding was organized by the Hotel Gaia in Manuel Antonio.

Wedding Photography: Remember the details

I love all aspects of wedding photography, but one of my favorites are the little details. So much thought and energy have gone into planning and preparing for this special day. From choosing flowers, dresses and shoes, to the manicure or curl of your hair. A wedding photographer’s job is to capture all aspects so that you will be able to treasure them all forever.

These are a few examples of weddings I have photographed in Costa Rica, to see more of my work please go to my wedding website

Wedding at La Mansion Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Jan 2012

Another fantastic wedding organized by Weddings Costa Rica, this destination wedding was located at Hotel La Mansion in the heart of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. This was a medium-sized wedding with a wonderful ocean view ceremony, a roof top reception dinner followed by a Carnival Style Brazilian Dance Party.

A few more detail photographs of the day


The wedding was expertly planned by the team at Weddings Costa Rica.

Wedding at Hotel Parador Manuel Antonio Costa Rica January 2012

My first wedding of 2012 and what an amazing wedding! This destination wedding was at Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica The Parador is a fantastic backdrop for your wedding photos, as the Hotel has beautiful grounds and amazing views of the Manuel Antonio National Park. This was a small sunset wedding set in the grounds of the Hotel with a wedding dinner in the hotel afterwards.

This wedding was organized by Parador’s own wedding planner, Silvia Hernandez.

What style of wedding photography do YOU like?

There are quite a few different styles of wedding photography, what do you think would suit you?? ..What’s chic? But what would Great Auntie Vera like? What would you like hang on your wall? What will still look good on your mantle piece for your 40th wedding anniversary?!

So lets looks at Traditional Wedding Photography…

Traditional style wedding photography up to about 15 or 20 years ago WAS Wedding Photography, but in recent years it has gone a bit out of fashion. Most people think of traditional wedding photography as hours of tedious, group photographs, “The Bride and Groom with his family”, “the Bride and Groom with her family”, “the Bride and Groom with the ushers” etc.  Even though it is a bit out of fashion, don’t disregard it completely, traditional photography has stood the test of time and will always produce photos that you will look back at over the years.  Great Auntie Vera will expect this type of picture from your wedding and even through it is not fashionable at the moment these will still be the pictures you see hanging on walls. Plus you can get some fun group photos and it doesn’t have to take hours, just a few photos with you family and best friends.

How about Photo-journalistic Wedding Photography?

This is more in fashion at the moment. A photo-journalistic approach will give you a story of your wedding day, recording the events as they happen. There usually is not any formally posed pictures and the photographer stays in the background and photographs various parts of the day. At the end of the day you will have a photo album of what went on, which will always bring back happy memories. However, the disadvantage is that you are relying on the photographers instincts and they may miss something important to you. You may also regret the lack of formal images of friends and family in your album.

What is Contemporary Wedding Photography??

This type of photography uses beautiful backgrounds and perfect of interesting lighting to make the set and the bride and groom appear idealized – when done properly the results can be stunning! These will be the pictures that look like they have come from magazines. This type of photography makes you look FANTASTIC, but the downside is as fashions and style changes it will date quickly and it may end up looking a bit behind the times!

So what will work for you?

Well, it is ultimately up to you, but I would recommend a mix of all three types of wedding photography…The most important thing is to relax, enjoy and have fun with the photographs and they will always to special memories of you fabulous day!

To look at more of my wedding photography please go to my website and have a great 2012

John Williamson